Blood Mountain via Wolfpen Gap Blood Mountain Wilderness, GA
miles
LENGTH 6.3 MILES
DIFFICULTY 16.5 Medium
Hard
DURATION 3-4 hours
ELEVATION GAIN
2160
feet
TRAIL TYPE
There And
Back Again
Blood Mountain via Wolfpen Gap

Follow along the Duncan Ridge Trail to summit Blood Mountain from the north on this steep hike. While there's no getting around the crowds at the top on a weekend, even in winter, you're sure to find this route less trafficked than others on your way up. This makes for a great alternative if the Byron Herbert Reece trailhead and Vogel State Park are both full up.

The trailhead along State Road 180 where the shared Duncan Ridge and Coosa Backcountry trail cross the highway. There's a few parking spots on either side, but not much. I was the only car there on a January weekend. For Blood Mountain, take the trail going right if coming from the Suches side. You should immediately start a steep climb.

The first mile of this trail is the toughest, climbing 700 feet in just .6 miles before falling to a more moderate climb. At 1.25 miles the trail passes below the summit of Slaughter Mountain. While there is no trail to the summit, it is one of Georgia's 10 tallest mountains and many choose to bushwhack up to the top.

At 1.8 miles you'll come to the split with the Coosa Backcountry Trail. Sharp left is to a campsite. Straight and left will take you on the Coosa and straight and right will keep you on the Duncan Ridge Trail heading up to Blood Mountain. Less than a mile later you'll t-bone the Appalachian Trail. Turn left on the AT for the final half-mile ascent.

When you reach the summit at the Blood Mountain Shelter, you can climb up the large rock formation for the summit view. This view is usually crowded. If you continue on the AT for another tenth of a mile, heading down through dense rhododendron tunnels, you'll pass another view before coming to a much more expansive view at a large rocky opening. There's a lot of side trails here so look for the white blaze painted on the rock on the ground to guide you.

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Elevation Map Length (miles) by Elevation (feet)
Slope Breakdown
Elevation Gain
Elevation Range
Grade Range
Length
Elevation Gain
0 - 250 ft/mi
~ 0 - 5 %
0.7 mi
65 ft
250 - 500 ft/mi
~ 5 - 10 %
0.6 mi
231 ft
500 - 750 ft/mi
~ 10 - 15 %
0.7 mi
454 ft
750 - 1000 ft/mi
~ 15 - 20 %
0.6 mi
490 ft
1000+ ft/mi
~ 20+ %
0.7 mi
943 ft
For out-and-back hikes, elevation loss is the same as the gain.
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Details
length6.3 miles
difficulty16.5 Medium-Hard
duration3 - 4 hours
features Dog Friendly  History  Summit  Views 
trail typeThere And Back Again
blazeBlue (Duncan Ridge), White (AT)
elevation gain2160 ft.
state Georgia 
park/forestBlood Mountain Wilderness
Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest
ranger districtBlue Ridge Ranger District
2042 Highway 515 West
Blairsville, GA 30512
706-745-6928
parking feeNone
trailhead coordinates 34.763871, -83.952411 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°45.83, W 83°57.14 (Degree Minutes, MinDec)
N 34°45'50'', N 34°45'50'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Trailhead Directions
34.763871, -83.952411 (Degree Decimal, DegDec)
N 34°45.83, W 83°57.14 most GPS units use this one
N 34°45'50'', N 34°45'50'' (Degree Minutes Seconds, DMS)
Google Map It
Take caution around the parking area and when leaving. Sports cars like to take this road and come around corners fast. For Blood Mountain, take the trail going right if coming from the Suches side.
Parking Capacity
6-8 vehicles, 3-4 on each side of the road.
Notes
When I was here in January 2019 there were many fallen trees and branches in the way, so much that you spent half the trail walking around things. This also made the trail difficult to find in places. I asked other hikers and they said the trail isn't normally like this so I assume this is just from the rain storms the area had got recently.
A few muddy sections along 2 creek crossings, and a few wet rocks on the approach to the summit.
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4 (1)
hikethesouth-1 week ago
Another Great Route To Blood Mountain
I would have given this 5 stars but there was so many fallen trees and branches in the way it made navigating difficult and getting around larger obstacles was a pain in several places. We have had a lot of rain lately and since most of this trail is shared with the popular Coosa Backcountry loop, I don't think this is the norm. Blood Mountain views are still excellent and this is still an adventure worth the drive from Atlanta.
Medium-Hard | Hiked Winter 2019
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